CHC 10, MIN 6: Hey, Remember Joe Mauer?
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Jose Berrios: 18 Game Score, 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 2 K, 4 BB, 56.4% strikes
Bullpen: 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 K, 2 BB
Lineup: 3-fro-12 w/RISP, 9LOB
Top three per WPA: Mauer .382, Garver .109, Rosario .052
Mauer entered today with just one home run and 13 RBIs on the year, but he got the Twins going in a big way early. He smacked a three-run oppo taco in the third inning, then a two-run double in the fourth. All five of those RBIs came with two outs.
Joe’s not the type of hitter who’s going to carry an offense for an extended stretch, but if he can be a consistent threat it’s going to go a long way toward helping the Eds. What about the rest of the game? Uh …
Berrios wasn’t looking like himself, but he managed to get into the fifth inning with a 5-2 lead. He retired the first batter in the inning, but then gave up a single, hit a batter and followed that up with another hit to load the bases.
Garvin Alston went out, and I’m guessing he specifically told Jose “don’t give up a grand slam.” I think that’s how those visits usually go. Anyway, Berrios didn’t listen, and Addison Russell hit a grand slam on the very next pitch to put the Cubs up for good.
Matt Magill gave up a two-run homer to Ben Zobrist in the sixth, then a solo shot to Kyle Schwarber in the seventh. Matt Belisle gave up a run in the eighth. That’s eight earned runs for Belisle in six innings pitched for the Twins this year.
Maued ended up with three hits, adding a single in the ninth. Both Mitch Garver and Eddie Rosario collected two hits and walked.
In case you missed it, the Twins DFA’d Felix Jorge to add Willians Astudillo to the 40-man roster because Taylor Motter had to go on the DL. Astudillo did not play today, but he was in the on-deck circle ready to hit for Berrios right before that disastrous fifth inning, ironically enough.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 35-43 (-8.5)
DET 36-46 (-9.5)
CHW 28-52 (-16.5)
KC 25-55 (-19.5)
Next Three Games
Sat at CHC, 1:20 pm CT: Adalberto Mejia vs. Tyler Chatwood
Sun at CHC, 1:20 pm CT: Lance Lynn vs. Jon Lester
Mon at MIL, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 2, CHW 1: Walking Away With a Win
CHW 6, MIN 1: Gibby Gets Got
CHW 8, MIN 4: South Side Slip
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